Planning ATV adventures in Utah for 2012

Lynn Blamires
ATV Adventures
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Riders on Hog Canyon trail on the Tri-State Jamboree.
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Utah is known for its beautiful scenery with more opportunities to experience the backcountry on an ATV or side-by-side (UTV) than any other state in the union. The ante has been upped in 2012 with even more events designed to educate the OHV community on where to ride and socialize with fellow riders. Because of the popularity of UTVs, jamborees have restructured events to attract riders in this category. More information is available on the Internet for each of these events.

Tri-State ATV Jamboree — March 14-17

The first jamboree of the year is hosted by Hurricane. Three days of guided rides feature historic and scenic trails in Washington and Kane counties. The $100 fee includes three hot breakfasts, a dinner, an ice cream social and a T-shirt. Groups of 10 or more will receive $30 each in “Jamboree Bucks,” spendable at vendor booths during the event.

Cabin Fever in the ‘Swell’ Poker Run — April 28

The ride for this run is a trail on the rim of the Buckhorn Wash in the San Rafael Swell. Riders pay $10 for the ride and one hand for the chance at some great prizes. Additional hands are available at $5 each. Camping is available at the trailhead 26 miles east of Castle Dale the night before. Call Mark Williams at 435-749-1600 for directions.

Rally on the Rocks — May 16-19

Moab is the host of this third annual ride for UTV drivers. Early registration is $70, which includes a dinner, four days of guided rides in slick rock country and a souvenir. It costs more at the door. Arctic Cat will offer test drives on the new Wild Cat UTV on a demo track at rally headquarters.

National ATV/UTV Jamboree — June 25-30

Fillmore is the setting for the oldest jamboree in the nation featuring trails on the Paiute Trail system. The $135 fee includes a hot breakfast each morning, four dinners, and a T-shirt. Discounts are available for couples and groups of four or more.

Manti Mountain Run — Aug. 2-4

Fees are $25 per day with a free ride on Thursday. The Arapeen system is showcased for this event. Included are two breakfasts, a dinner, and a T-shirt. Discounts are available for groups of four or more.

Paiute UTV/ATV Jamboree — Aug. 9-11

Marysvale is the site of this fourth annual festival focusing on UTV drivers. While registration is required, there is no fee and you can choose to buy a T-shirt and meals or not. ATVs are also welcome.

Friends of Millsite State Park Poker Run — Aug. 11

This fundraiser will help improve the park. Riders pay $10 for the ride and one poker hand with additional hands available for $5 each. Contact Mark Williams at 435-749-1600 for details . Camping is available in the park.

Bryce ATV Rally — Aug. 23-25

The $40 fee for this event includes two breakfasts, a dinner, T-shirt, three days of guided rides in Bryce Canyon country, and a chance to win a Suzuki 400.

Arapeen ATV/UTV Jamboree — Sept. 3-8

Staging at the fairgrounds in Ferron, this jamboree features the rugged terrain in the San Rafael Swell and the high mountain trails of the Arapeen system. The $120 fee includes five days of guided rides, a continental breakfast each morning, two dinners and a T-shirt.

San Juan ATV Safari — September 13-15

Monticello is hosting this year’s safari. Fees are under review but shouldn’t be too much different from the $100 per rider last year. Discounts are in place for couples and groups of four or more and include a T-shirt, a dinner Saturday night with door prizes, and three days of guided rides in the Blue Mountains.

Rocky Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree — Sept. 17-21

Registration fees have been cut to $100 for this 20th annual festival. Five days of guided rides, two dinners, four breakfasts, a T-shirt and a chance to win an ATV are included. This event showcases the Paiute Trail system as well as a selection of rides in other parts of Central Utah.

Mark your calendars and plan to take advantage of these riding opportunities. When you go, take plenty of water, snacks (healthy or otherwise), and keep the rubber side down.

You may contact Lynn Blamires at quadmanone@gmail.com.

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